This post is a very short tutorial on how to check your Macro Intake for the day on myFitnessPal. It’s actually dedicated to guiding my clients for those who choose to engage macro counting to watch their nutrition.
What is a Macro?
Macro is basically a short for macronutrient – nutrients that provide calories or energy.
The three macronutrients are essentially:
What has it got to do with me?
It has everything to do with you because you are what you eat and the food you take in are composed of macronutrients and they come in differing ratios. But since this is more of a User Interface tutorial, I won’t go into that.
Moving on, let’s show you how to check on your daily macro intake on myFitnessPal.
We first need Xiaoming as an example.
Xiaoming is an engineer who lives by his desk from 9am to 5pm everyday. He is generally quite skinny, doesn’t put on much weight and wishes to bulk up. Xiaoming then decides to seek for nutritional consultation and has been prescribed to take in the following intake daily for his weight gain goals.
Total Calories: 2200
- Carbohydrate Intake: 189 grams
- Protein Intake: 189 grams
- Fat Intake: 72 grams
In order to do this, Xiaoming downloads myFitnessPal App and starts logging his meals so that he monitor his intake.
Like Xiaoming, you can do the following steps to log your food intake and check your macros.
Logging Your Intake
1) Start adding food into your daily diary. The ‘+’ sign is an easy way for you add in the food you have consumed. myFitnessPal has already a great database of food with nutritional information on them so you don’t have to manually key in their details! Heck, they even have Singapore Prawn noodles.
Checking your Macro Intake
2) After completing your entry for the day, click on the “Diary” option.
3) Under the pop-up menu, click on the “Nutrition” tab.
3) Under the pop-up menu, click on the “Nutrition” tab. Here, you will be able to see an overview of your macro intake very clearly. And it even tells you how much left you have to consume towards to goal intake. Intuitive and easy!
3) When you click on the “Macros” tab, it will populate a pie chart showing your Macro ratio. We can see that Xiaoming is obviously far away from all his goals for the day.
DISCLAIMER: Note that this Macro ratio prescription is JUST A SAMPLE and not meant for everyone. This is just a tutorial to show you how to navigate through myFitnessPal to check your macro intake.